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    I have both the travel agents and the Tektro...

    I have both the travel agents and the Tektro levers made for v-brakes. Both work well on my Cross-check. I like the Tektros because of the simplicity of installation.
  2. I leave my helmet on the bike as well as the...

    I leave my helmet on the bike as well as the frame pump. Most everything else is in my backpack or messenger bag. The only thing worth taking off the bike would be the pump.
  3. I use my Crosscheck for commuting, long weekend...

    I use my Crosscheck for commuting, long weekend rides, off-road riding, and I wouldn't hesitate to take it on a long tour. It's the most versatile bike in the garage. I've had it fully decked out...
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    These work for me: ...

    These work for me:

    http://www.aerostich.com/off-and-riding/gloves/rain-glove-covers/aerostich-triple-digit-rain-covers.html
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    I sold a single-speed bike to a coworker a few...

    I sold a single-speed bike to a coworker a few years ago and now it is the only bike he commutes on. He still raves about it. I ride a fixed-gear most of the year even on the windiest days (and we...
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    SPD sandals (cheap Exustars) when it's warm. ...

    SPD sandals (cheap Exustars) when it's warm. Lake MX 140 winter boot when it's cold. Neoprene booties in whatever shoes I am wearing all other times.
  7. I wear my Endura Humvee shorts year round. The...

    I wear my Endura Humvee shorts year round. The pockets are just about perfect and so handy. I also skip snapping in the liner shorts that came with them. I wear cycling shorts underneath them if I...
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    I have panniers and racks (which cost more than...

    I have panniers and racks (which cost more than any of my backpacks) but I choose to use a backpack or messenger bag for everyday carrying: I have five bikes and a motorcycle (it doesn't have...
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    That is awesome but two serious locks? Is bike...

    That is awesome but two serious locks? Is bike theft a big problem in China?
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    Any backpack is going to make your back sweat...

    Any backpack is going to make your back sweat more than no backpack. If you do not need to carry a laptop (a wise choice) then get a backpack with as narrow a 'backprint' as possible and keep the...
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    You might want to look at this article...

    You might want to look at this article
    http://www.minnehahabags.com/2009/02/water-repellency-and-conditioning-treatments-for-leather/
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    Definitely use a moisturizer with some sun...

    Definitely use a moisturizer with some sun protection - SPF 15 or higher - before you ride. The wind, cold and sun will destroy your skin pretty quickly, especially if you are fair complexioned. Here...
  13. For both on and off the bike, I would suggest...

    For both on and off the bike, I would suggest trying out a Baileyworks Courier 253. Had a Timbuk2 but it did not work very well on the bike - it was always sliding off . Had a bunch of Chrome bags...
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    Get a professional bike-fitting. Unless the shop...

    Get a professional bike-fitting. Unless the shop you bought it from put you and your bike up on a trainer and spent about an hour or more on adjustments then you did not get a bike fitting. More like...
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    Then you must have missed my post. I use a...

    Then you must have missed my post. I use a Carradic Nelson Longflap. In the summer I combine it with an REI Flash 18 which will stuff into the saddlebag if it isn't too full. I also use a backpack...
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    This has been my experience with the single...

    This has been my experience with the single pannier experience too. I love panniers for touring but for rough riding or ice/snow conditions the single pannier (or any unbalanced load) on the rear...
  17. A third vote for the Mountainsmith Lumbar pack....

    A third vote for the Mountainsmith Lumbar pack. Mine is over 20 years old and is still awesome. I used it for commuting on bike and rollerblades for years. Still use is for skating around town.
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    Sticky: For a 6 mile commute on a clear calm mid-30F...

    For a 6 mile commute on a clear calm mid-30F morning. This is pretty much what I wear during fall, early winter and spring. I shower before riding into work so I prefer to be a little colder when I...
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    I like a small well-fitted backpack for my daily...

    I like a small well-fitted backpack for my daily commute needs. Something that is as narrow as practical so my back isn't completely covered. My current pack is a fairly narrow Maxpedition Pygmy...
  20. Happens to me when I wear my rain jacket...

    Happens to me when I wear my rain jacket -waterproof both ways. Try a more breathable/permeable outer shell.
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    Yep. My Lake winter shoes (the cheaper model ,...

    Yep. My Lake winter shoes (the cheaper model , MX-140) started breaking about a week after I got them. One of the rear straps broke off and the BOA eyelets are starting to pull out. What a waste of...
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    Once the ice and snow hits, anything that affects...

    Once the ice and snow hits, anything that affects handling is a bad thing as far as I am concerned. Plus the backpack will cushion your fall when you hit that black ice.
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    I have some waterproof Sombrio downhill mtb pants...

    I have some waterproof Sombrio downhill mtb pants that look like 'normal' pants but they trap moisture (not breathable) and the waterproof lining makes the pants kind of noisy. Waterproof or...
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    I too, am about 180 lbs and I have both the B17...

    I too, am about 180 lbs and I have both the B17 (on the majority of my bikes) and one Champion Flyer on my townie (a converted Panasonic DX4000). I prefer the unsprung B17 for most riding even short...
  25. I've been loving a Swrve mid-weight hoodie I got...

    I've been loving a Swrve mid-weight hoodie I got on closeout a few months ago (the link is to the current updated new/improved model):

    http://www.swrvestore.com/servlet/Detail?no=104

    I have...
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